Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 6/15/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 6/15/2014 HANDS ON A HARDBODY
New Line Theatre
5/29-6/21/2014
A new lease on life is so close for ten hard-luck Texans, and now their fate is in their own hands. Under a scorching sun, over the next 144 hours they will laugh, cry and push their bodies and minds to the limits, as they fight to keep at least one hand on a brand new truck. The contestant with the most nerve and endurance will drive away with the American Dream. Fresh from Broadway, this unique new country-rock musical is based on a true story.
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Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 6/15/2014 FOREVER PLAID
MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
6/11-6/21/2014
FOREVER PLAID is one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory. This deliciously goofy revue centers on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash in the 1950's on the way to their first big concert, and now miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was. Singing in the closest of harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with over-zealous precision, the "Plaids" are a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps audiences rolling in the aisles when they're not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950's.
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Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 6/15/2014 ANNIE KIDS
PRESSER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
6/21-6/21/2014
Leapin' Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, ANNIE foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
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Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 6/15/2014 LES MISERABLES
CAPITAL CITY PLAYERS
6/12-6/22/2014
This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long.Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISÉRABLES packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. A spectacle on Broadway and in London, LES MISÉRABLES is equally effective with a minimal set; it is its powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made LES MISÉRABLES a popular masterpiece.
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Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 6/15/2014 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
ARROW ROCK LYCEUM THEATRE
6/21-6/29/2014
A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS never fails to entertain. A small cast, band and unit set make the other aspects of production a snap.
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Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 6/15/2014 DISNEY'S SLEEPING BEAUTY KIDS
STAGES ST LOUIS
6/17-6/29/2014
It's princess Aurora's sixteenth birthday, and Flora, Fauna and Merryweather must use their fairy magic to save her from the spell of evil sorceress Maleficent! This classic fairytale told Disney-style has many roles for a large chorus, from King Stefan and Queen Stefanie's Loyal Subjects to Maleficent's slimy goons. Songs from the beloved film, including "Once Upon a Dream," accompany fun new songs like "Maleficent!" and "A Little Magic Now" to bring a fresh telling of the story to a new generation of kids and families.
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Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 6/15/2014 CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
COTERIE THEATRE
6/17-8/3/2014
Originally written for his son, Ian Fleming's book became the much loved 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Asensational score by the renowned Sherman Brothers (Richard and Robert) includes suchunforgettable songs as "Truly Scrumptious", "Toot Sweets", "HushabyeMountain", and, of course, its Oscar-nominated title song "Chitty ChittyBang Bang".Reaching a newgeneration through an enthralling and enchanting stage musical, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG details the fantastic adventures of the out-of-the-ordinary carthat flies through the air and sails the seas.
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